A Balanced Life

When the Indian monsoon is said to be normal, it does not imply that there is uniformly good rain all across the country. There are places which are flooded and some areas have drought. These extremes, however, get cancelled out in the average. Human life, likewise, is made of contrasting situations, ups and downs, that eventually get evened out.

So many different things have to be done in life, all demanding our attention at the same time. So we make a “Things To Do” list, try to balance our priorities. The Bible says that in this world there is a time for everything. It lists out 28 items which are so opposite in nature, and yet comprise life.

“A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)

Some of the things are real, like sowing and harvesting. Some are in our hands, like choosing to speak out on an issue or keeping silence. Some are metaphorical, like a time to hate, which is not about hating people but about hating things that are bad.

Life is made up of contrasts and extremes. The average does matter, but the outliers cannot be ignored. The choices we make and the decisions we take should be such that we live a balanced life.

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